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Why You Should Replace Your Galvanized Pipes

Do you have an older home in the Seattle or Bellevue area? If so, you may want to take a closer look at your water and sewer system. Many homes that were built before the 1960s have galvanized pipes, which we now know to be vulnerable to corrosion and potentially hazardous. Fortunately, the Best Plumbing team can help you identify if your pipes are galvanized, and if necessary, take care of replacing them.

What Are Galvanized Pipes?

Galvanized pipes are iron pipes that have been coated in a layer of zinc. They were commonly used in homes until around the 1960s. The problem with these pipes is that over time, the zinc erodes, causing corrosion to build up on the inside walls of the pipes.

Potential Hazards

There are several issues that can arise from galvanized pipes. The first is that the corrosion that builds up can clog the pipes, slowing the flow of water. This may result in low water pressure throughout your home.

The second issue is that galvanized pipes can contaminate your water with lead. When the zinc lining corrodes, it can leech lead and other impurities, impacting your water quality.

A third concern is that, as galvanized pipes deteriorate, they may rust and leak. Since these leaks can start small, they may be able to cause considerable damage before you detect them.

We’re Here to Help!

If you suspect that your Seattle home may still have galvanized pipes, give Best Plumbing a call! We can inspect your water and sewer systems to determine what kind of pipes you have. If necessary, we can also replace your galvanized pipes with a safer, more durable option like copper. Though it may seem like a daunting project, our professional team will make the process a smooth and efficient one – and you’ll rest easy knowing that your water is clean and safe.

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